well, after much hemming and hawing we decided to have a celebratory dinner tonight at sage in the north end. we were a party of 5 and had every intention on spending lots of $$ to have a great meal and a great time! to preface, as i sit here at home, i have to say i am a bit disappointed.
our waiter was perfectly competent, but no personality whatsoever. i don't think he said any other words except "what will you have?" whatever, no big deal, it's all about the food, right?
we started with a nice bottle of prosecco, which we asked to have with our apps, but got it right away, which was fine, except that it forced us to order an additional bottle (a wonderful white burgundy) when our apps arrived. there were 5 appetizers on the menu, and 5 of us so we got one of each, and decided to share. they were all quite lovely.. crispy softshell crab was delicious, a deconstructed warm buffalo mozzarella BLT was a great idea, and very good. i was really looking forward to the fried sweetbreads with peas and morrel mushrooms, but the sweetbreads themselves were really tough, if you can believe it, kind of gross i have to say. the tablespoon of peas and morrels were delicious though. the butter poached lobster was good, but i guess not as decadant as we expected it to be, it was very tender, but not a whole lot of flavor. i guess there was another app, but i can't seem to remember it.
on to the entrees...
the birthday girl had striped bass, and wasn't thrilled with it. two of us had the sweet pea risotto. now, $28 for pea risotto, what would you expect? i have to say i would not expect LESS than a cup of risotto on a giant white plate. it was very tasty i have to say, but it was certainly not an entree sized portion by any means. the best entree was the braised chicken, perfectly cooked, wonderfully moist, if just a bit too salty (and i like things salty). we had a great pinot noir with the entrees.
the desserts were wonderful, we had one of each... a light airy, BOOZY rum cake with pistachio icecream, and a very rich and delicious ricotta cheesecake with fresh blueberries. we each got a glass of belle de brillet with dessert.
now the bill was $400 without tip ($80) - which i think was too generous for the very boring, uninspired service... so for almost $100, i had a bite of lobster, a bite of crab, a bite of buffalo mozzarella, one small slice of tomato, a tiny bite of sweetbreads, about 4 peas and two tiny morsels of morrels, a couple bites of salad, about 3/4 cup of risotto, 3 or 4 bites of dessert, 3 small glasses of wine and a cognac. it was fun and overall tasty, but i can't help feeling a bit ripped off.